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Extremely Rare Domitian Denarius

 
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 Posted 04/20/2021  12:49 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I was very lucky to get this one. I know there were other collectors who wish they would have gotten to it first.

Anyone who has ever gone looking for one knows how rare the left-facing portraits are for Domitian's denarii. I have never heard any convincing argument as to why this is the case. There are left facing bronze issues for Domitian and there are left facing denarii for Titus and Vespasian. While some of the left-facing issues for Titus and Vespasian are rare, there are also ones that are quite common.

This coin is even more desirable because it is a Secular Games denarius. These issues are very popular with collectors so it is a good thing that many of these coins are generally available. However, this does not mean that you will not face competition if you find one for sale.

This particular coin is listed as R3 in RIC. R3 means that only 1 example was known to the authors at the time of publication in 2007. That coin resides in New York under the care of the ANS. This means that my coin is not only one of only two known, it is the only one in private hands. So the discovery of this coin means that my coin is now R2 (very few examples known).

The addition of this coin to my collection now means that I am privileged to own 4 left-facing Domitian denarii. I will, however, continue to look for more.

Domitian AR Denarius 88 CE September 14-December 31
(3.14g)
Obv: Head laureate left; IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM
Rev: COS XIIII across field; Column inscribed LVD SAEC FEC; All within laurel wreath
RIC 605 (R3)


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04/20/2021 12:51 am
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 Posted 04/20/2021  08:02 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well done, Andrew. Congrats on snagging another rarity.

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 Posted 04/20/2021  11:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add orfew to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Many thanks Bob. I appreciate the kind words.
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 Posted 04/20/2021  5:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great looking coin orfew!....The photo shows it as having nice toning too!
What's the translation of the inscription on the column?
Congrats on another rare piece to add to your impressive collection...Paul
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Thanks Paul.

The inscription reads LVD SAEC FEC. Ludi Seculares Fecundos. Forgive my conjugation it has been a while since Latin class. Loosley this transcription refers to the Secular Games or Ludi seculares. Fecundos refers to productivity or fertility. There are several other translations of this term but I think these 2 are the most likely in the context of the other 2 words.
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